There has been some tragic news that has recently come in. A renowned television star's boyfriend was found dead in Trump Tower. We are asking our readers to pray as the family goes through this difficult time.
The New York Police Department spokesperson told PEOPLE that a 51-year-old male banker was found dead on the scene at his address at Trump Tower on Friday, August 10.
At the time, the NYPD could not disclose the individual's identity. However, police believed the cause of death was due to an apparent overdose.
“Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose,” the spokesperson said.
According to police, at the time, the unidentified male banker asked his assistant to give him Narcan, which is an emergency medication designed to reverse the effects of a narcotic drug overdose. Before the medication took effect, he passed out and was later pronounced dead.
“The medical examiner’s office is investigating the death of a man believed to be Dennis Shields, found at the Trump Tower. The investigation is ongoing, and we will release cause and manner of death when completed,” the medical examiner’s spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis said.
Dennis Shields was the on-and-off again boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel. She is known for her series of television roles, including, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart," "The Real Housewives of New York City," and "Shark Tank."
Along with her television appearances, she has written four self-help books, she was the founder of "Skinnygirl," and hosted an eponymous talk show called, "Bethenny."
Frankel and Shields started dating in 2016 after Frankel divorced her ex-husband Jason Hoppy three years prior. Their on-off relationship was shown on "The Real Housewives of New York" for the world to see. Despite their turbulent relationship, they decided to stay close.
“Bethenny and her daughter Bryn love Dennis and his family and they have been a support system during her negative divorce and a positive influence in Bryn’s life,” a source told PEOPLE.
“They had a 27-year friendship before they dated, so they picked that up where they left off once they realized they didn’t work as a couple,” the source said. “Her daughter adores him and his family, and she comes first above all.”
Nearly 28 years ago, Shields was dating (and later married) Jill who was one of Frankel's friends in high school. Once Shields separated from his wife in 2016, he began seeing Frankel.
“We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life,” Jill Shields, Shields’ wife, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”
Will you join us in praying for Shields' family as they try to navigate through his difficult time?